Nampa Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney
If your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home or long-term care facility, you have options. The person responsible for the abuse or neglect may face criminal charges. You may also hold the parties responsible for the abuse and neglect liable in civil court.
The Nampa nursing home abuse attorneys of Feller & Wendt, LLC fight for the rights of nursing home patients. Our attorneys have over 30 years of combined legal experience handling injury claims.
We work with families as they seek justice for their loved ones. Let us help you hold the parties responsible for your family member’s injuries and emotional trauma liable for their negligence and wrongdoing. Contact our office today for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Nampa.
Who is Responsible for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?
In many cases, a person or persons at the nursing home committed the abuse and neglect. The person responsible for the abuse could be a staff member, physician, visitor, vendor, or another patient. That person who committed the abuse could be charged with a crime.
However, the nursing home or long-term care facility is also liable for the abuse and neglect of its patients. The nursing home owes a duty of care to its residents to provide for the resident’s medical, emotional, and personal care. It also has a duty to protect the person by providing a safe environment. When the nursing home breaches the duty of care, it can be held liable for the injuries, damages, and losses caused by abuse and neglect.
Reasons why a nursing home may be liable include:
- Failing to provide adequate supervision of staff members and residents;
- Negligent hiring policies and procedures, including failing to perform background checks and checking employment and reference records;
- Failure to have policies and procedures in place to prevent abuse and neglect;
- Failing to enforce policies and procedures;
- Inadequate training of staff members;
- Insufficient staffing of the facility;
- Failing to provide medical care and treatment or sending patients to the hospital for treatment;
- Failing to provide adequate security;
- Health code and building code violations; and,
- Failing to report instances of abuse to law enforcement officials.
Family members who suspect abuse or neglect at nursing homes or long-term care facilities can file a complaint with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. If you believe your family member is in immediate harm, call the local police department immediately for help.
Watching for the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
The signs of nursing home abuse and neglect can be difficult to spot. Some signs could be attributed to a resident’s medical condition, medication, or reduced mental capacity. However, it is always best to investigate any suspected signs of abuse or neglect in a nursing home.
Warning signs of abuse and neglect include, but are not limited to:
- Bruises, broken bones, bedsores, and other signs of physical harm
- Sexually transmitted diseases or infections
- Lack of personal hygiene
- Unexplained decrease in weight and signs of dehydration
- Emotional withdrawal and changes in mood or behaviors
- Fear of staff members and other residents
Elderly and incapacitated individuals are at a higher risk of abuse and neglect because they may not be able to verbalize what is happening to them. They are often frightened of further abuse if they speak out.
Our Nampa nursing home attorneys want to help you hold the nursing home and all parties involved in the abuse liable for their wrongdoing and negligence. We provide compassionate support and guidance as we work together to protect your family member from further abuse and seek compensation for the abuse that occurred.
Call Our Nampa Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers for More Information
At Feller & Wendt, LLC, we treat each client like family, so we understand the importance of protecting the elderly and disabled in our community. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis. You pay nothing until we recover compensation for your claim.
Call (208) 391-5945 now for a free consultation with a nursing home abuse attorney in Nampa.